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Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.
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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed.

And he wants revenge.

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    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 09-26-13
    Dennis Fenton, Mo, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW , Damn that was a good book"
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    Best book I have listen to in awhile. Macleod Andrews is one of the the best Audio Artist out there.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    TonyM Atlanta, GA United States 09-25-13
    TonyM Atlanta, GA United States 09-25-13
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    "This series should become a really big deal!"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    By the time I'd finished the prologue I knew this series was special, and could be on par with the big names we know that turned into movies series like X-Men, Batman or the Avengers. There is so much potential! The Epics have all the powers of comic book supers, but they are evil, and all there are are real humans just like all of us to deal with them, so the story is empowering. It should appeal to a wide audience across age groups. Really fun! I'm really hoping that Sanderson takes a break from his other work and focusses on this story. He could become a household name after this!


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 09-27-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Sanderson Rarely Disappoints... TRUUU"

    The only question I had for Sanderson after reading this book was, did it effect his concentration on the next installment of 'The Way of Kings'? I totally say that tongue in cheek, I think he's written 2 books now in between the Stormlight Archives BUT it was well worth it.

    I don't think with Sanderson's ability it was hard for him to write this book especially after reading the review about how he came about the concept, therefore creating a 'superpowers' book better than the status quo... There is a relatively known maxim that no matter what gender, religion, or situation a person is in when POWER is given to said person everyone is subject to corruption or using it to favor themselves. If most people really thought about it the anit-hero idea is great, I've loved comic book hero's but just like the situation Sanderson had been in, how many times has a person wished they could swipe the car driving in the fast lane out of it to teach them a lesson? Or even worse just disintegrate the IRS auditor or better yet the meter maid that just started writing u a ticket as u get to ur car, they always respond 'well I started it so I can't stop now' that's when u remove a couple limbs & say well since I started, I really can't finish. This premise is what makes this book great, turn the tables & if u have a cynical outlook on humanity u will agree with Sanderson that most people, if gifted with powers would use them to further they're own agenda.

    U have the protagonist that has all the reason in the world to want all epics (humans gifted with some sort of superpower) eliminated because of the injustice brought upon him when he was a child, BUT during that experience he saw something everyone else lost their life for, a weakness in the most powerful epic in what we know as Chicago. Without getting into specifics because most of these types of books can already be a bit predictable, Sanderson adds his ability to flip that & add on a new POV that should start a great new series. Everyone has a weakness & everyone has obsessions, he takes this & creates a world where 'normal' humans look to change the status quo & prove not only that NO ONE is invincible & at the same time not everyone is corrupted by power. I highly recommend this light read, u will be thoroughly entertained & wanting more. Kudos Sanderson, u had no need to prove anything more but did anyway with this runaway start to 'The Reckoning', #1.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 10-08-13
    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Not impressed, same young adult feel as Warbreaker"

    Brandon Sanderson is good writer, this book has good writing and great imagination at the detail level. BUT the overall story is pulp comic book material - I looked for the Marvel logo.
    If you like that genre, you'll like this book; if you prefer more depth in your Science Fiction/Fantasy go elsewhere.

    I think I'll be holding off on further books from Mr.s Sanderson until his focus shifts beyond the young adult stuff he seems to be doing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Spring Branch, TX, United States 09-30-13
    Debbie Spring Branch, TX, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it"
    Any additional comments?

    Best SF book of the year. Loved every minute of it and was surprised over and over.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 09-30-13
    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011

    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain

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    "Holy Supervillains Batman"

    I love a book that takes you in and makes you think but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Sanderson has mastered that here. Steelheart turns the superhero genre on its side, asking, “Who will rise up when all we have are villains”. At the heart, it has similarities to Sanderson’s other books. Namely, a small rebel force against an undefeatable super-power. The thing I like about this one is that it is told by the hero, David. He is a young man with an axe to grind, but still has hope and a sense of humor. The book takes us through his journey for revenge. It has a few surprises (in true Sanderson style) and is full of crazy metaphors that are so ridiculous you can’t help but laugh. I found myself listening any time I could steal a few minutes and had trouble turning it off when I had to.
    As a parent, I would comfortably give this to a teen to read. There is one scene at the very beginning that is a bit gruesome, but otherwise it is clean and thought provoking. If you’ve read other books by Sanderson (and you should), I believe you will find this one to be very similar. It seems a little lighter and has more of a sci-fi feel than books like Mistborn, but not as light as the Rithmatist (both excellent books).

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leon Evanston, IL, United States 09-26-13
    Leon Evanston, IL, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good plot, INCREDIBLE narration."
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Steelheart has to rank amond the top 5 audiobooks I have heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a Sanderson fan, I've come to expect incredible action sequences that put most Hollywood fare to shame. I am only 3 chapters in, and I can't tell you how many times I've had to wait with baited breath as the explosive action unfolded.


    What does Macleod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Andrews narration perfectly reflects the eagerness and impatience that our young protagonist feels. When he is frustrated, scared or angry, Mr. Andrews' incredible narration makes you feel like you are in the story, experiencing those feelings. His performance is a tour de force that will forever be etched in my mind, like Scott Brick's fantastic reading of Snowcrash.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Steelheart: It's time to kick some Epic a**.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect examples of how a well-executed audiobook, can be and incredible work of art in its own right.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Dallas, TX, United States 12-15-13
    Sean Dallas, TX, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How in the hell is this book popular?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not care for this story at all. I purchased it because it was so well reviewed and the story line actually sounded rather interesting. The main character can be summed up in two words "painfully irritating". He's constantly narrating with terrible metaphors and then following them up with an apology to the listener for his inability to make a metaphor, I guess it is supposed to be charming. The story is a huge let down, and there isn't a single character that I cared about at all. I spent the majority of the time hoping that the main character would die off. I hate myself for listening to the entire damn thing. I think it would have hurt my brain less to just huff paint thinner for a few hours.

    This is just my opinion. Personally, this book felt like some garbage that caters to an audience under the age of 13. This ranks among the top 5 worst books I've ever read.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Remaining


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine, it really didn't bother me. It was the "writing" that bothered me.


    What character would you cut from Steelheart?

    All of them. None of them have any redeeming qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend purchasing this book to anyone.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 12-10-13
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

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    "Steelheart had me looking for ways to listen!"

    Super-human Epics take control and enslave the populace with terror. A small boy (David) witnesses an Epic kill his father and obliterate an entire city. Fast forward 10 years and the boy has survived the orphanage/factory system that has educated and sustained him. Now, he hunts Epics and teams up with a small group of 'Reckoners' dedicated to eliminating Epics. David's done his homework and planning and convinces the Reckoners to go after the most powerful Epic of all - the one who killed David's father. Oh, don't forget there is also a well-written sweetheart story artfully woven into all this plotting and fighting. What's not to love? It has fast-paced action scenes and wonderfully quirky conversations which let you catch your breath without have to pause the recording. David, I'm looking to hearing more of your battles with Epics.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David BENSON, AZ, United States 10-17-13
    David BENSON, AZ, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Did not know this was a comic book."

    I am so disappointed. I wasted a credit on this. It might be good for a 6th grader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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